Tank You Very Much! - Thank You Cookies

My boys made these cookies to thank ("tank") a friend who gave us the setup for a new fish tank. They're really easy, and perfect for kids to practice their gratitude.

Summer Beach Cookies

These heart-shaped beach umbrella cookies are perfect for a teacher treat at the end of the school year, or any summer or beach gathering.

Bakery-Style Soft Sugar Cookies

My kids love the grocery store bakery sugar cookies that their friends bring in for birthday treats at school. These are a replica... that taste even better.

 Cranberry-White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {Recipe}

These oatmeal cookies made me a very popular spouse at my husband's office.
They take an extra step or two, to toast and grind some oats, but they're very worth it.

Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

These Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookies are a little different because I used some ground oats in them to lighten up the texture and give them a nuttier flavor.

Cinnamon Apple Cut-Out Cookies {Recipe}

I like to start the school year off right... that means, for me, that I send in bribes gifts to my boys' teachers. This year, I tried these Cinnamon-Apple flavored cut-out cookies.

These Cookies are Just Peachy {Recipe}

August is National Peach Month. In Minnesota, this means very little because, well, it's Minnesota. We don't get good peaches here. August, January, never... unless they're cookies.

How To Decorate Peacock Cookies

These peacock cookies are not the easiest to make, but for the amount of work, they're definitely worth it. I made these for a baby shower with a peacock theme.

Freezing Decorated Sugar Cookies

I had heard that you could freeze decorated sugar cookies, and that they would survive without the colors bleeding. I was skeptical. But I thought I could give it a try, and give it a really good test by making some more of these Baseball Cookies.

School's Out for Summer - Cookies

Today was our official last day of school for the year. My guys are going to be first graders! Seems impossible.

Graduation Hat Cookies

Congratulations, Graduate! These Chocolate Graduation Hat Cookies are the perfect gift for a special grad or a great centerpiece for a graduation party.

Kentucky Derby Cookies

... And down the stretch they come...
Cookies perfect for a Kentucky Derby Party.

Pretzels! Peanuts! Cookies!

These pretzel and peanut-shaped cookies were perfect for an event at a brewery with friends. I made them using dog bone and heart cookie cutters.

Teacher Appreciation Cookies

There's nothing like treats to make a teacher feel loved and appreciated... especially homemade treats.

Spring in Minnesota Cookies

It's the first day of spring. And here in Minnesota, the high is not even 20-degrees. Instead of tulips and daffodils, we look like a giant snow globe... still.

Special Delivery: Valentine's Day Cookies

A special order for Valentine's Day. Simple envelopes addressed to the one(s) you love.

Chocolate-Mint (Grasshopper) Cookies {Recipe}

There are two flavor combinations that are my go-to comfort foods... Chocolate and Peanut Butter, and this, Chocolate and Mint.
These cookies fit the Chocolate Mint description to a T!

A-B-C and 1-2-3 Cookies

Some simple ABC and 123 cookies for you. They were presented to a Kindergarten Student Teacher at my boys' school when she finished her stint.

Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies {Recipe}

I'm a big fan of good, old Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies.
But my chocolate-loving family prefers only treats that are dark brown!

Gingersnap 'Whoopie Pies'

If you have some gingersnaps, and a bit of leftover Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing... beware of these. They're good... but dangerous.

Snowball Fight Cookies (Easy!)

I think I prefer the cookie variety of snowball to the real kind.

Baby Girl Shower Cookies

Baby Onesie cookies perfect for a little girl's baby shower.

Play Ball! Baseball Cookies

I'm pretty certain that the only reason my boys enjoy playing baseball is for the treats at the end of the game. Thankfully, baseball cookies are pretty darn simple!

Baby Shower Bee Hive Cookies

Beehive cookies for a baby shower. They turned out really cute, and they weren't as hard as I had thought they might be.

Easter Egg Cookie Pops

My good friend asked me if I would make some of these cookie pops for her family Easter gathering. I'm glad she did. I think these are so cute.

Testing Egg-Free Hard-Drying Cookie Icing

A friend posted a recipe link to an "easy," hard-drying icing similar to this over the holidays, and I was intrigued.

Light It Up Blue for Autism

I have two boys. They're twins. They're five. They're awesome. And one of them is dangling just off of the Autism Spectrum - with a diagnosis of PDD-NOS.

Memory Game Cookies

A fun, easy way to get your kids to actually want to learn their letters... let them eat them!
A "Memory" Game, made out of cookies.

March Madness Cookies - My Bracket

I'm not going to lie... I did choose a few teams simply based on how easy or hard it was to write their name in icing.

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

I would call these "breakfast cookies," but I'm not sure what actually constitutes a breakfast cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies

My husband, as is well-documented, only likes things with copious amounts of chocolate in them. So, I thought maybe I could "spice up" my sugar cookies by adding something extra, like chocolate chips.

You're My Little Love Bug... Cookies

These cookies are super easy to make, and if you have a big fan of ladybugs around, you could leave the dots round and just make them as ladybugs.

How to Make a Bouquet of Cookies

Making a bouquet of cookies is not hard at all. If you can make sugar cookies, you can make cookie bouquets. Here is a step-by-step.

How to Make Cookie Pops

Everything just seems to taste better when it's put on a stick... right? Try these cookies on a stick.

Build-Your-Own Snowman Cookies

I saw this idea on another cookie decorating blog, and I just had to try it myself. I sent some to my nephews for Christmas, but I think it works any time in the winter as a fun activity or gift.

Happy New Year!

Fireworks sugar cookies to ring in the new year with your glass of bubbly.

Merry Christmas Sugar Cookies

This year, because I was mailing many of my cookies away, I decided to go simple, and sturdy. I went with all circles to decorate.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These cookies are really easy. They're good. And the kids, even the littlest kids can help with them.

Snowball Cookies

Okay, they're usually called Russian Tea Cakes, but when I call them snowballs, my kids like them a lot better.

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

If you eat these straight out of the oven, I mean, just cool enough not to burn your mouth but still really warm, you might think you're in heaven. I do!

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

I am a Gingerbread Man purest. I like only a little icing outline, and some red-hot buttons.

Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

I got this recipe from a friend a few years ago. Not too sweet, but sweet enough. And they're perfect to add a little different flavor to a holiday cookie plate.

How to Store Decorated Cookies

Decorated cookies are precious. They take a lot of time to get just the way you want them. So, storing them the right way is really important to me.

How to Ship Decorated Cookies

Sending decorated cookies isn't as hard as you may think. They really ship well... if you do it right.

Who Needs Cookie Cutters?

Did you know that you can make cookies in whatever shape you want... even if you don't have a cookie cutter?!

Royal Icing Recipe

Royal icing is the awesome, hard-drying icing you see on all of the most beautiful cookies out there. I have been working for months (literally) to get the recipe just right, so here it is.

Back-to-School Crayon Cookies

These crayon cookies are a lot like the pencil cookies. You just make an extra cut, and make a couple more colors for them.

Back-to-School Pencil Cookies

When my son saw these cookies, he asked if he could write with them. Probably not, but they are tasty!

Back-to-School Apple Cookies

My college roommate, a teacher,told me once  never to give a teacher anything with an apple on it. I wonder if cookies shaped like apples count?

Sweet Little Cherry Sugar Cookies

What's better than a yummy sugar cookie... with a cherry on top?
No cherry-shaped cookie cutter? No problem.

Beach Ball Cookies

What says summer like a beach ball? I made these cookies as a thank you for my boys' summer camp counselors.

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

I find that these cookies turn out flaky and rich, and they keep their shape as they bake-- the second-most important thing (to taste) when you're doing cut-outs.